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CoSIM@ECU delivers Computer and Security workshops in the South West

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

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CoSIM@ECU is a mix of Computing, Security, Intelligence and Mathematics students who amongst other activities volunteer their time to assist high school students obtain knowledge about Computer and Security Science.

Dr Michelle Ellis and Mr Glen Thompson through their schools’ outreach activities provided opportunities for students in years 7 to 12 to learn more about computing and security.

The CoSIM group visited Busselton providing hands-on activities that were developed from their own learning experiences here at ECU. Each presenter started off by sharing their career aspirations and university experience followed by exposing them to the different skills required to work in the various fields.

Mayank Mehra and Rados Zivkovic started off with Cryptography and the importance of securing data. Ashleigh Pribilovic provided a fun digital forensics activity that made them aware of their digital footprint. Jaxa Mokoto, Vanessa Bhudia and Taylah Griffiths led the way with coding a test generating application (Taco Trivia), highlighting decision making in Python. Glen Thompson and Tyson Langton-Weatherley finished off with programming a Micro:Bit understanding input/output and the representation of data.

Feedback from the school included that the activities were appropriate for this kind of audience and how talented the ECU students were. Overall, the visit helped to breakdown stereotypes and inspire these high school students into Computer and Security Science careers. The school is looking to start up coding clubs for their students.

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